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Residents Wade Flooded Road to School, Work

  Residents of Koronivia Road, Nausori, waded through flood waters to get to work and school yesterday after the heavy downpour. Residents woke yesterday to see a portion of the
19 Oct 2018 11:33
Residents Wade Flooded Road to School, Work
Residents of Koronivia in Nausori cross the flooded road following the heavy rain on october 18, 2018.. Photo: Swashna Chand

 

Residents of Koronivia Road, Nausori, waded through flood waters to get to work and school yesterday after the heavy downpour.

Residents woke yesterday to see a portion of the main road flood­ed and had a hard time going to school and work.

This road is notorious for being inundated during heavy rain and high tides, causing a major incon­venience for many.

Apisalome Tui, 12, a Year 7 stu­dent of Nakaikogo Sanatan Dhar­am School, said when floodwaters reached the school teachers sent students home.

“Water was coming to our school, so we have half-day of school to­day,” said Apisalome.

“We came to school at 7.30am and at around 9am our headteacher announced that the students should return to their homes.

“Our studies will be affected in this weather because we are ap­proaching near the end of the term.”

Apisalome, who lives at Lokia Village, said yesterday was the first time they had half-day at school.

His teachers had informed him and the rest of the students to stay home if the bad weather contin­ued.

Viliame Kaveni, 32, has been liv­ing in Koronivia for three years and says flooding is a regular oc­currence.

He works in the logistics depart­ment in Goodman Fielder.

“The rainy weather and high tide cause the water to rise. I have been living in Koronivia for three years and I have experienced flooding regularly,” Mr Kaveni said.

“When the high tide comes in, the water which is going out, the high tide pushes it back in and the bridge in the low area is flooded.”

Mr Kaveni said even though there are rising waters, it was not safe to cross flooded waters at night when he returned from work.

Meanwhile, buses and other forms of transport stopped at the edge of the flooded area to of­fload passengers, who then waded through rising waters to get to their homes.

Edited by Epineri Vula

sheenam.chandra@fijisun.com.fj

 



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